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SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
Sunday October 21st, 2018 :: 08:39 p.m. PDT


Two men arrested for possession of stolen vehicle, burglary tools and conspiracy to commit grand theft auto

DATE/TIME: October 20, 2018 / 10:06 pm

INCIDENT: Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Burglary Tools, Conspiracy to commit Grand Theft Auto

LOCATION: 15th Street / Ave E, Yucaipa

SUSPECT(S): Brian Benitez, 31 years old, resident of San Bernardino
Julio Espino, 28 years old, resident of San Bernardino

On October 20, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. patrol deputies located a stolen vehicle parked on 15th St., north of E Ave. in the City of Yucaipa. The vehicle, a black Honda Civic, was reported stolen out of Moreno Valley. Deputies located Brian Benitez standing near the vehicle and Julio Espino walking nearby. Both were found to have warrants for their arrest and Benitez was found to be on felony probation for prior vehicle theft charges.

Benitez was found to be in possession of multiple shaved keys, commonly used to enter and steal vehicles. Additional shaved keys were found near where deputies first observed Espino. Investigation revealed the abandoned stolen vehicle was out of gas and the suspects appeared to be looking for another vehicle to steal. Both suspects are from San Bernardino and have no known ties to the Yucaipa area. Both were arrested and booked at Central Detention Center on multiple charges.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Yucaipa Police Department at (909) 918-2305. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at

Refer: Deputy A. Alcala, Prob. Ofc. S. Ulloa, Sgt. M. Ramirez

Station: Yucaipa Station

Phone No. (909) 918-2305

Case No. 141803433

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Yucaipa Police Department
34144 Yucaipa Blvd
Yucaipa, CA 92399

Emergency: 9-1-1

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